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Dec 14, 2018

Tester Fights Trump Administration's Plan to Expand Junk Health Insurance in Montana

Senator: Montanans Need Real, Affordable Health Care

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester is taking on the Trump Administration over a plan that could expand junk insurance in Montana.

In a scathing letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, Tester demanded CMS reconsider its effort to waive safeguards established by the Affordable Care Act, which would allow states to expand short-term junk health insurance plans that don't cover basic medical treatments.

"In addition to discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, junk insurance can refuse to cover basic services like prescription drugs, maternity care, substance abuse treatment, or mental health care," Tester wrote. "This insurance could leave Montanans high and dry when they need coverage the most."

Tester expressed concern that CMS's proposal would raise costs and jeopardize access to health coverage for millions of Americans, including the 152,00 Montanans, who have pre-existing conditions like asthma, cancer, and diabetes.

"You have already undermined these vital protections by promoting junk insurance like short-term plans, which do not have to meet requirements for pre-existing conditions protections," Tester wrote. "The proposals you have advanced in recent weeks double down on pushing junk insurance by allowing taxpayer dollars to fund these plans, when what Montanans need is real, affordable coverage."

Tester demanded the Administration work with Congress to lower the cost of health care and protect coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions.

Tester has relentlessly defended Montanans against harmful junk insurance plans, and has sponsored legislation to protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage by health insurance companies.

Tester's letter to Administrator Verma is available HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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